Ihab Hinnawi, CEO of Umniah Telecommunications and Technology Company, has confirmed that his company will be investing USD40-USD50 million to deploy a 3G network over the next two years. It will purchase a JOD50 million (USD70.2 million) licence, using the 2100MHz spectrum band, and launch in early 2012. Hinnawi told CommsME that Umniah is just waiting for the right moment to launch, claiming that customers will be ‘more ready’ for 3G services in 2012.
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, Orange Jordan purchased the country’s first 3G concession in February 2010, while Zain followed suit in June that year. At the end of March 2011 Orange Jordan had an estimated 300,000 3G subscribers while Zain reported 41,000.